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This turn-based strategy game hails back to a classic Japanese strategy game titled Famicom Wars. Advance Wars pits players against very computer AI in a number of battles involving submarines, warships, infantry, tanks, helicopters, and other weapons. During the maps, players may capture buildings to increase financial resources and repair damaged units. During combat, two units go head to head with the results determined by how the two stack up against each other, terrain conditions, and other factors. Up to four players can play using the Game Link Cable or by swapping a single Game Boy Advance at the end of each player's turn.


Advance Wars Game Boy Advance The tutorial doubles as the prologue for the main story
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Artillery massacre infantry units.
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Mission Briefing
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance When Grit fires off his CO power, his units all gain an extra +2 range

Promo Images

Advance Wars Screenshot
Advance Wars Screenshot
Advance Wars Screenshot
Advance Wars Screenshot


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User Reviews

Wicked! Game Boy Advance Patrick Robertson (5)
A must own for any Game Boy Advance fan Game Boy Advance Travis Russell (3)
Great game, although perhaps too simple Game Boy Advance Kate Jones (480)
Great war on little screen Game Boy Advance 666gonzo666 (61181)

Critic Reviews

GameSpy Game Boy Advance Sep, 2001 95 out of 100 95
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Sep, 2001 9.25 out of 10 92
The Video Game Critic Game Boy Advance Oct 25, 2003 A- 91
WiiDSFrance Wii U Apr 28, 2014 9 out of 10 90
Game Critics Game Boy Advance Jul 24, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Cubed3 Game Boy Advance Aug 28, 2003 9 out of 10 90
TotalVideoGames (TVG) Game Boy Advance 2001 9 out of 10 90
GamesCollection Game Boy Advance Feb 01, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
HonestGamers Game Boy Advance 2001 8 out of 10 80
Just RPG Game Boy Advance 2001 75 out of 100 75


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1001 Video Games

The Game Boy Advance version of Advance Wars appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences
    • 2001 - Handheld Game of the Year Award
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – Game Boy Advance Game of the Year

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